Consider which you would consider as five of the best UK birdwatching sites. It would be tricky to name your top five but I wonder whether the five sites picked out by Rachel Dixon in the Guardian would get in your top 100? 200? I guess every five are ‘five of the best’ in a way, just as every person who comments on this blog is one of my favourite commenters even if they are closer to the bottom of the list than the top! My much-lamented local football team, Rushden and Diamonds, was one of the best football teams in the world although they never got above League 1 and other countries’ football teams are available.
The selection, published yesterday are: Rathlin Island (a seabird colony, and a lovely place I agree, where there won’t be any nesting seabirds until next April so please make a note of it in your diary), Abbotsbury Swannery, the Ospreys at Loch Garten (great place – another to make a note of until next spring), Whisby nature reserve in Lincolnshire for its Nightingales (come back next May – you must have had Whisby in your top 10 surely?) and Rum with its 50 pairs of eagles (Blimey! Numbers have gone up rather a lot recently it seems).
Elsewhere in the Guardian yesterday is news of the opening of the Walthamstow Wetlands today. This sounds like a great place and many congratulations to Thames Water, London Wildlife Trust and others for this. However, it certainly isn’t Europe’s largest urban wetland at 211ha unless Rainham Marshes (the clue is in the name) at 479ha has moved from Purfleet. I should think there are others too – if you are well-travelled or well-informed you might be able to come up with some names.